The F1 race in Abu Dhabi creates a buzz in the region like no other. You can feel the electricity buzzing through the air. Multiple events and drives happen. Guests and celebrities descend in the area, unlike any other time. This is the best time of the year when the weather is cool enough without being too cold.
Ferrari hosts one of the year's best events, making the most of this situation. Every Ferraisti and auto junkie looks forward to attending this event, and if you are one of the few people who get invited, then either you own a Ferrari or the good people at Ferrari like you.
I did get an invite, and I hope Ferrari keeps liking me because it was a beautiful event to be at. Hosted at the Yas Links golf course, a stone's throw away from the Yas Marina circuit Casa Ferrari is a lovely villa over a lot of green space overlooking the golf course.
Parked inside the green space of this villa are the choices of Ferraris you can even imagine. From the modern ones to classic ones. All in pristine condition for you to enjoy and ogle at. The complete lineup of all the current Ferraris was displayed, including the 296 GTB and the 812 Competition. Ten Ferrari Monzas were shown, which I feel is the best speedster in Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin speedster trio. You could also witness the Ferrari modern greats like the F40, F50, Enzo and La Ferrari lined up next to each other. Food, music and the F1 race playing in the background make this almost a perfect setting to be. You could truly enjoy the beauty of these cars.
The space also played host to the Cavallino Classic Middle East. A classic Ferrari concourse. If you have a classic Ferrari and if it has been maintained, preserved and restored correctly, Cavallino is the place to take it too. Awards won at Cavallino are the highest prestige for Ferrari owners. Cavallino Concourse takes place at two other venues globally. One in the US and the other one in Italy. This was the first time the Cavallino Concourse was held in this region.
Prizes awarded during the Cavallino Classic Middle East were:
The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup for the most iconic Ferrari road car: 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale
The Coppa Dodici Cilindri, for the best 12-cylinder engine Ferrari: Ferrari 512TR (1993, chassis #97095)
The Coppa Otto Cilindri, for the best 8-cylinder engine Ferrari: Ferrari 328GTS (1989, chassis #82706)
The Preservation Vintage Cup (pre-1975): Ferrari 365GTB/4 (1973, chassis #16393)
The Preservation Classic Cup (1976-1990): Ferrari 412GT (1988, chassis #71949)
The Excellence Cup, for outstanding restoration quality: Ferrari Dino 246GT (1970, chassis #1148)
The Elegance Cup, for the most outstanding coachbuilt Ferrari: Ferrari F40 (1988, chassis #84140)
The Chairman Cup: Ferrari 250GT Coupe Pinin Farina (1959, chassis #1533)
People's Choice award for the Best Ferrari Supercar: Ferrari F40 (1988, chassis #84140)
People's Choice award for the Best Ferrari Monza: Ferrari Monza SP2 (2021, chassis #263445)
Ferraristi Award: 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé Vignale